BDA celebrates 100 years of its library

BDA celebrates 100 years of its library

A birthday party was held at BDA headquarters to celebrate 100 years of the Robert and Lillian Lindsay Library, which started in 1920 with 100 books and has now expanded to 28,000 loanable items. It now provides books, ebooks, journals, ejournals, literature searches, article packages, requested articles - all of which can be accessed either remotely or by visiting the library. 

The BDA library first began its life as a small resource in the BDA’s original building in 23 Russell Square, London in 1920.  Lilian Lindsay served as librarian from 1920 until 1946, when she became the BDA’s first-ever female president, but she continued to oversee the library’s development and growth until her death in 1960. 

Moving from Russell Square to the BDA’s new offices in Hill Street in 1935, the library survived through the Second World War relatively unscathed and finally moved to our current home at 64 Wimpole Street, where we continue to provide a world-class service to members, researchers, and other interested people, on dental resources and learning. 

Helen Nield, BDA Head of Library and Knowledge Services said: “Throughout our history, the library has strived to keep abreast of new developments in both the library and digital sectors, and today we are proud of our library’s reputation across the world, as a renowned resource for dental research and education. We hope our library will continue to thrive and be a valuable resource to our members in the future. Whether we exist in a purely virtual world, or whether our members may still require a physical space to come and research and learn, we will strive to support you in your quest for knowledge!”

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